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Hi, we're flying to Naples next Easter. We're looking to spend a week in Naples and area without a car, then we're hiring a car to go and stay in Puglia- where we've booked a villa. We have 2 boys age 12 and 10, the youngest is disabled (autism) but we enjoyed Rome last year and he coped pretty well.

We are wondering where to visit, we're imagining 3 nights in Naples, including a day trip out to Herculaneum, but are unsure after that. We visited Sorrento and Capri when we were younger, but are not sure if the kids would enjoy that since its not really beach/ swimming season in April. Any suggestions appreciated.

Also where would be the best place to pick up a hire car ready for our second week? Back to Naples airport? or any other ideas?


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If you're visiting Herculaneum, be sure to visit Pompeii as well (or instead), which is just a handful of Circumvesuviana stops away and is, in my opinion, a much more appealing ancient Roman site to the layperson (or children). You should also make sure you visit Naples' archaeological museum, where the best finds from Herculaneum, Pompeii, and other nearby sites are housed.

If your interest in ancient Roman sites isn't exhausted after all that, you might also want to check out nearby Paestum--you can get there by a 1.5 hour train ride from Naples, or visit by car on the way to Puglia.

I try to avoid driving in major Italian cities whenever possible, so picking up your car out at the airport sounds like a good idea. I also highly recommend using a GPS. We brought one and used it in Sicily for our most recent trip, and it was invaluable.

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Sorrento might well be fun for them at Eastertime? I'm sure there are plenty of more recent articles, but try this....


Otherwise, on Good Friday, they do something similar over on the little island of Procida....


And you might prefer - instead of staying in the city - to base yourselves there, or perhaps here on Ischia just 10 minutes or so away...


For both islands, Easter marks the start of the season, and it's a lovely time of year...


Even if still too early for swimming, the beaches are great for walks.

The sea crossing's a lovely journey...


.... and plenty of places of interest are within fairly easy reach - particularly Pozzuoli, where there's a most unusual mud-volcano, the Solfatara, and masses of Roman stuff to explore:


...Naples, of course (although, as I recollect, the Pietrarca train museum may close at lunchtime?)


Even Herculaneum's not too far away...


... and, whilst there, MAV - the AudioVisualMuseum - may be fun for your kids?


Youtube has several clips that will give an idea of what it's like!


PS - Last April's edition of our island's visitor magazine (one of their very first to include some English as well) can be found here:


And in the event you wanted to stay the week, I'm pretty sure some of the villas are available by then...

Edited: 05 September 2011, 09:57
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